'It felt like I was giving a present to myself': an exploration of service-users' experience of developing self-compassion

Lineker, Jasmine Mary (2013) 'It felt like I was giving a present to myself': an exploration of service-users' experience of developing self-compassion. DClinPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis explored service-users' experience of developing self-compassion using Compassionate Mind Training (CMT). A systematic review of the existing literature on compassion and compassion-based interventions identified the primarily focused of research has been on symptom outcome measures utilizing quantitative approaches. No study that explored the experiences and processes of developing self-compassion was identified.

The aims and epistemological stance of the researcher led to a qualitative methodology being used. Once ethical approval was gained, six participants were recruited from two CMT programmes, being run by the same facilitators. All service-users who completed the programme reported a development of self-compassion. Participants were interviewed face-to-face using a semi-structured interview schedule. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was selected to analyse the transcribed data.

The analysis of the data identified four super-ordinate themes: essential components of self-compassion; process of self-compassion development over time; group experiences; and negotiating change. The first two themes focused on the development and experience of self-compassion. The second two themes included the experience of developing self-compassion in a group and the general change process. Each theme is discussed and presented with supporting quotes.

The study found that service-users are able to develop components of self-compassion using CMT. However, continued practice of compassionate behaviours needs to follow the end of the programme for self-compassion to become habitual. The study also identified a number of group factors and processes that prevented or promoted therapeutic change. The results are discussed with reference to the current literature on self-compassion, compassion-based interventions, group processes, mechanisms of change, and further investigation. A model of self-compassion development is proposed. Finally, the researcher's critical reflections of the research process are presented.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (DClinPsy)
Supervisors: Schröder, Thomas
Keywords: Compassionate Mind Training, Self-compassion, Therapeutic change
Subjects: W Medicine and related subjects (NLM Classification) > WM Psychiatry
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Item ID: 32424
Depositing User: Blore, Mrs Kathryn
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 13:16
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 15:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32424

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